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Bachelor of Human Services Major Counselling

Bachelor of Human Services Major Counselling (BHMS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul, Nov

Note: The November intake  Semester 3 is only available via external study. The Counselling major is not available to international students studying on-campus. 

Overview

  • If you are passionate about people, then our Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) will put you on the right path to working with your community.
  • With an emphasis on practical skills, this degree will equip you with counselling skills that will strengthen your effectiveness as a human services practitioner.
  • You will be taught by experienced counsellors providing you with a solid foundation to work in community organisations.

Professional accreditation

The Counselling major is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Students enrolled in or after Semester 2, 2020 who have successfully met mandatory attendance requirements as well as a minimum of 400 hours of professional placement (fieldwork) will be eligible to apply for ACWA membership.

In addition, students who have enrolled in or before Semester 2 2021, and have completed all eight units within the Counselling major and successfully completed one counselling field placement, will be eligible for Level 1 membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) upon graduation.

Career outcomes

  • Our graduates are highly competitive in securing positions as development and welfare workers, child safety officers, case managers and project officers in both government and non-government organisations.

Entry requirements

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check certificate
  • Resume
  • USQ Student Declaration
  • USQ Placement Request form

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
1 x 8-unit major 8
1 x second 8-unit major
or 2 x 4-unit minors
or 1 x 4 unit minor plus 4 x approved courses
or 8 x approved courses
8
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

As part of the degree, you will need to complete professional experience placements. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within this degree.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the USQ Handbook or please contact us for more information.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 32000
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 32000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Note: The Counselling major is not available to international students studying on-campus.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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